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Jane Seager

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Shake up planned for .EU Top Level Domain

On 27 April 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a new European Regulation in relation to the .EU Top Level Domain (TLD), planned to replace the current Regulations that deal with .EU.  In short, this is because the current Regulations are seen as outdated and no longer able to deal appropriately with the

U.S. Domain Names: Stand and deliver…your domain name!

Domain name theft (or hijacking) is not a new phenomenon and in fact is a lot more common than most people realise; hence the need to take adequate security precautions in relation to email and domain name registrar accounts.  Nevertheless, most domain name thefts are carried out virtually and thus peaceably, by hacking into the

dotFM embraces emoji domain names

dotFM, the Registry responsible for the .FM Top Level Domain (TLD), is to join the handful of TLDs that are making emoji domain names available to register.  The Registry, which is the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Micronesia but which, in view of its .FM extension, has up to now mainly marketed its

WIPO – No fan site for tribute band

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a panel ordered the transfer of a domain name that exactly matched the name of a famous pop group and belonged to a tribute band. The decision highlights the fact that genuine fan sites conferring

Sites get ICEd in transatlantic assault on cyber crooks

As part of a sustained and coordinated effort, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have rounded off their on-going fight against cybercrime known as “Operation In Our Sites” with the traditional annual flourish on “Cyber Monday”.  In the U.S., and increasingly elsewhere, the Monday following “Black Friday” (the first Friday after Thanksgiving),

SSAC gives the thumbs down to the use of emoji in domain names

Emoji, the pictorial symbols typically presented in a colourful cartoon form, are nowadays being widely used on smartphones, in chat, in email applications and in social media.  Their increasing popularity has prompted the question of whether they could be used in domain names, just like other non-American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) letters (e.g.

$10 domain name halts spread of WannaCry ransomware

A major global ransomware attack going by the name of WannaCry was recently short circuited by the registration of a single domain name costing just over $10.  The unregistered domain name consisting of random characters was apparently programmed into the WannaCry malware by its creators in order to function as a “kill switch” and was

WIPO – UDRP: Proof of bad faith registration crucial

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a panel denied the transfer of a domain name mainly based on the lack of evidence about the Respondent’s bad faith upon registration of the domain name in dispute. The Complainant was Zeca S.p.A of

WIPO – France: Domain name used for cyber fraud

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Panel ordered the transfer of a domain name because, although it had never been used for an active website, it had been used to send fraudulent emails in an attempted cyber fraud. The Complainant

WIPO: UDRP is a good egg

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a three-member Panel refused to order the transfer of a domain name that exactly matched the Complainant’s trade mark because the Complainant failed to prove bad faith registration and use, given the domain name’s plausible

.ONLINE gTLD: Domain name – respondent shoots himself in the foot

In a recent domain name dispute brought under the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) before the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), a panel ordered the suspension of a domain name under the .ONLINE new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) following the registrant’s filing of a response after a Default Determination ordering the suspension of the domain

US: Domain name – thrown under the party bus

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), a panel ordered the transfer of a domain name although registration of the domain name predated filing of the trade mark application. The Complainant was Party Bus MN, LLC., a company that provided transportation services for

WIPO: Pay attention to Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a panel denied the transfer of a domain name and went on to make a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH), even though the Respondent did not specifically ask for such relief. The Complainant